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Abu Dhabi villa prices down 9pc in Q1

ABU DHABI, April 12, 2017

Average apartment sales prices in Abu Dhabi fell by one per cent in Q1 2017 while villa prices dropped by nine per cent amid  public and private sector downsizing, as a result of the static oil and gas sector, according to the Abu Dhabi Residential Market Q1 2017 report from leading international property agency Chestertons Mena.

“Sales prices are expected to further decline due to redundancies attributed to the shrinkage of the oil and gas sector. We believe the trend of downsizing or moving to more affordable areas will continue until 2018, when an expected increase in government spending could improve market sentiment,” said Robin Teh, UAE country manager/director valuations and advisory UAE, Chestertons Mena.

On average, the villa sales prices fell by nine per cent in the first three months of the year.

Al Ghadeer, Al Reef and Khalifa City witnessed the largest percentage drop resulting in prices falling to Dh915 ($249) per sq ft, Dh897/sq ft and Dh747/sq ft respectively. Al Raha Gardens also witnessed a sales decrease, although less severe, of just under six per cent to Dh931/sq ft.

Apartment sales prices, on average, declined by one per cent in the first quarter. Areas bucking the trend included Al Reef Downtown, which saw an increase of one per cent to Dh948/sq ft, Al Reem Island remained flat at Dh1,362/sq ft. Al Gadeer witnessed a three per cent decrease to Dh1,009/sq ft, while Al Raha Beach fared slightly better with a decline of just under one per cent to Dh1,601/sq ft.

Ivana Gazivoda Vucinic, the head of advisory and research, Chestertons Mena, said: "Sales figures, particularly in the villa market, have been sliding gradually since Q4 2014 further underscoring the quiet sales market in Abu Dhabi. Housing benefit packages have been impacted by cost cutting moves in many companies which may have had a knock-on effect on the villa market."

"Sales prices are likely to continue to ease throughout the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, however we do expect the market to rebound with reinvigorated activity," she stated.

Apartment rents declined by an average of three per cent in Q1 compared to the previous quarter, Al Raha Beach witnessed no change, while Al Ghadeer fell on average by one per cent. Al Reef Downtown registered a drop of an average of six per cent and Al Reem by 4.5 per cent.

“Apartment rents have declined across the board as the trend for more affordable accommodation continues. A two-bedroom apartment in Al Raha Beach is now available for Dh155,000 annually; while in Al Reef Downtown and Al Reem Island prices for a two-bedroom start at Dh92,000 and Dh125,000 respectively,” stated Vucinic.

Similar to the apartment rental market, villas also witnessed softening across the board by three per cent. Villas in Al Reef, Al Raha Gardens and Khalifa City saw rental decreases of between one per cent and seven per cent, she said.

According to Vucinic, new supply will hinder the market further. "An additional 4,000 apartments and villas by the end of 2017 will add further pressure to the much-maligned rental market in Abu Dhabi," she added.-TradeArabia News Service




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